REPfest New Traditional Music Festival comes to Siem Reap this September

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This September, Cambodian Living Arts will host REPfest, a four-day festival dedicated to the development of traditional music in the Greater Mekong and Japan. With performances, exchanges, and interactive workshops, the festival will take place on 5-8 September 2019, at a selection of intimate venues in Siem Reap.

The festival will bring together artists from around Mekong Region – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam – as well as Japan, allowing them to share their experiences and skills, and helping to sow the seeds for future collaboration in the region.

With artists from a range of styles and backgrounds, REPfest aims to inspire those taking part to develop their music creatively, and to share it with new audiences. As well as showcases and performances, there will be exchange workshops so that the artists can learn from each other during the first three days from 3-5 September 2019. The result of their collaboration will be presented during the last day of the festival. During the festival, there will be public workshops where artists can engage with the audience on a more personal level. There will be two public forums during the festival : one on the first day about how women artists use their music to express themselves, and one forum on last day about how musicians create new traditions.

Find the full programme of public events, open to all, here. For more detailed information on the festival’s musicians and their stories, visit www.cambodianlivingarts.org/repfest

Festival Programme

September 5: Women Self-Expression Through Music

A free enlightening public forum on women in the arts, with panellists Mai Khoi, Chung Yufeng and Sang Sreypich, including a live demonstration by the artists.

  • Where: University of South East Asia
  • When: Thursday 5th September, 3:30 – 5pm
  • More Info: Facebook

September 6 : Musician & Artist Workshop

A free, fun, informative workshop featuring artists Yaksao, playing traditional Cambodian music, The Do, a 6-piece band offering theatrical, ethic music from around SE Asia and Takashi Hirayaso Cloud Wandering Trio, a blend of string instrument musicians from Taiwan, Japan and Okinawa. The evening continues with live performances from 6.30pm – 8pm at The Heritage Hub (Facebook), and afterwards from 8pm – 9.30pm at Alliance Francaise (Facebook).

  • Where: The Heritage Hub, Wat Bo
  • When: Friday 6th September, 2 – 5pm for the workshop
  • More Info: Facebook

September 7: Musician & Artist Workshop

Artists Gita Konyet a locally-formed group, All Thisda Molam, an energetic post Molam band from Thailand, and the entertaining Lao Music Danxang offer you a free, fun, informative workshop. There are two opportunities to see live shows after the workshop – At The Heritage Hub from 6.30pm – 8pm (Facebook) and afterwards at Alliance Francaise (Facebook) from 8pm – 9.30pm.

  • Where: The Heritage Hub, Wat Bo
  • When: Saturday 7th September, 2- 5 pm for the workshop
  • More Info: Facebook

September 8: “Creating New Traditions”

A public forum – all are welcome.

  • Where: The University of South East Asia
  • When: Sunday 8th September, 10.30am – midday
  • More Info: Facebook

September 8: Musician & Artist Workshop featuring MEDHA

A free workshop featuring MEDHA, the dynamic, all-female drum and multi-instrumentalist troupe.

September 8 : Collaborative & Closing Performances

View the art and efforts of Morn Chear while sipping on Prosecco and enjoying an English- or Khmer-led discussion.

Join all the featured artists from REPfest 2019 at an exciting series of joint performances at everyone’s favourite shadow puppet theatre, Bambu Stage.
From 6:30 – 7:30pm see artists Yaksao & Gita Konyet, The Do & Chung Yufeng, followed by Takashi Hirayuso Cloud Wandering Trio. After a thirty minute interval, Medha will end the concert with a performance from 8 – 9.30pm. Afterwards, enjoy an open jam session with Medha and Lao Music Danxang.

  • Where: Bambu Stage
  • When: Sunday 8th September, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • More Info: Facebook

REPfest is developed and presented by Heritage Hub of Cambodian Living Arts (CLA), with support from Japan Foundation Asia Center, Pactics, and Treeline Urban Resort and in partnership with Bambu Stage, Phare The Cambodia Circus, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia-Siem Reap, University of South-East Asia, Alliance Française-Siem Reap, and Hard Rock Café Angkor.

Clare Lawrence is a long-time expat, originally from England, with six years in the UAE under her belt as well as over a year here in Siem Reap. She has written on expat life, saving money, holidaying with children and budget travel for a number of magazines and websites, including Siemreap.net.